Following the sacking of former Everton boss David Moyes, Manchester United have been linked with a host of top managers across Europe.
One of those names is current Dutch coach Louis Van Gaal who is set to step down from his role with the Dutch national team after this summer’s World Cup.
The 62-year-old is reportedly a target for fellow Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur, but he is said to be keeping his options open amid a number of possible top jobs being available this summer.
With that in mind, we look at five reasons why Manchester United should appoint the former Bayern Munich and Barcelona coach.
Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos is a summer transfer target for Manchester United and Van Gaal could certainly help the Red Devils’ snap him up.
It was the Dutch coach who initially gave the midfielder his first run in the Bayern Munich first-team during the 2010/11 season – and the German international went on to make 37 appearances in all competitions.
Their relationship has remained healthy, and Kroos would back Van Gaal to bring back European football to Old Trafford.
Robin Van Persie:
Dutch international striker Robin Van Persie was reportedly unhappy during Moyes’ short tenure in Manchester, with rumours circling that the 30-year-old didn’t take to the Scot’s training methods.
Van Gaal, on the other hand, certainly got the best out of the striker during the 2014 World Cup Qualifying campaign as Robin Van Persie finished as top goalscorer in the UEFA section with 11 goals.
Louis Van Gaal’s appointment would certainly get the best out of United’s number one stiker.
Louis Van Gaal has amassed an incredible knowledge of European football, the total contrast to the recently departed David Moyes.
He won the Champions League with Ajax in 1995, and helped Bayern Munich to the final during 2010 as the Germans bid to follow up a league and cup double with European success.
Tactics and philosophy:
Known for his direct attacking style, Van Gaal’s style fits in perfectly with the Manchester United philosophy.
The Dutch coach favours an attacking passing game, and using the width of the pitch to his team’s advantage.
Unlike Moyes, Van Gaal is keen for his team to put his opponents to the sword by scoring many goals – evident by Holland’s incredible 34 goals in 10 qualifying matches in a group containing Hungary, Turkey and Romania.
Louis Van Gaal could help Manchester United attract the world’s top stars to Old Trafford.
Whilst at Bayern, he signed compatriot Arjen Robben from Real Madrid which proved to be one of Bayern Munich’s best pieces of business in recent years.
The Dutchman commands respect, and any player joining his side will know from Van Gaal’s past successes in Spain, Holland Germany that they have a great chance of winning the top honours under his stewardship.